Update: Retry on the mailbag posting – with new and improved links. 

It’s pouring here at Planned Parenthood.

Specifically, right this minute, it’s pouring in Kansas, where a particularly venomous district attorney has just filed 107 baseless charges against Planned Parenthood in court. And the anti-choice fringe is asking Congress to suspend $300 million in federal funding for our affiliates’ health care services until the case is settled.

Unbelievable. You can help here.
This news comes on the heels of an unprecedented series of attacks on Planned Parenthood.
Last week, the rain fell on us in Washington, DC, where one U.S. senator called us out by name in an amendment that would have limited birth control funding for health centers like ours.Throughout this month, the anti-choice fringe is showering our clinics with protesters during its “40 Days for Life” campaign, which our own Emily X is documenting in painfully vivid pictures and videos here.And then, there’s President Bush’s appointment last week of an anti-birth control hardliner to be in charge of U.S. family planning policy. And let’s not forget our epic fight in Illinois last month to open our Aurora health center.This unprecedented storm — these attacks on Planned Parenthood and the women we serve — are relentless, and are on the move across the country with no signs of stopping.

We’ve been at this work for more than 90 years, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s when to ask for help. And it’s now. Here’s what you should know about Kansas, where we most need your support today:First, it is especially hard to provide reproductive health care in Kansas, and the people who run our clinics there are among the most committed I’ve ever met. The opposition they face every day is astounding.

The local district attorney who filed these charges has spent nearly his entire career trying to shut down Planned Parenthood. He hasn’t succeeded, nor will he succeed now.

But he is succeeding in turning what’s happening in Kansas into a national effort to shut us down. Even worse, he’s diverting much-needed resources from serving women to mounting a legal defense. It makes me very angry.

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We need to fight the 107 charges the local district attorney has filed. We need to keep Congress from even considering cutting $300 million in our funding. And we need to do it fast, so that we can shut down this outrageous effort before it gains any more momentum.You can see and hear more from workers at clinics being targeted by the anti-choice “40 Days for Life” campaign on the blog posted by Planned Parenthood employee Emily X. It’s some tough but inspiring reading. She has been signing her blog posts like this: I am Emily X. I am Planned Parenthood. You know what? You are Planned Parenthood, too.Thank you for being there for us today. We’ll keep you posted about how you can help as this crisis evolves.


Cecile Richards
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America